Are these contractions?

@astromama (1226)
United States
April 17, 2007 2:46pm CST
I've been having really strange sensations in my entire abdominal region for a few days now... some feel like cramps, other times it feels like a numbing sensation at the top of my uterus. Kind of a spreading, numb feeling. I've never heard anyone describe anything like it, so I thought I'd check with mylot to see what you ladies have to say! I rarely even feel contractions, but I'm 39 weeks and 3 days, so I know things should be happening soon. Do they sound like contractions to you? Is it normal not to really feel much?
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
17 Apr 07
It's so hard to tell since every labor is different. This really could be the start of something or you could go 4 more days. The one thing I can suggest is to go drink a glass of water, grab your watch and start walking. If the contractions are real they'll come at regular intervals and get stronger while you're walking. If they're more false contractions the movement will help stop them and the water will make sure they aren't being caused by dehydration. Good Luck and keep us updated if you can!
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17 Apr 07
They could quite possibly be contractions especially at your time in pregnancy, or it could just be your body preparing for the birth. It is difficult to describe them as they feel different for everyone. I got a lot of back pain and sort of stomach cramps that felt like period pains and also a pushing down feeling. I had very weak contractions for a day before they started strongly in the evening and its normal for them to last a lot longer than that. Don't worry though, I'm sure when baby is ready to come you will know about it!
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• United States
17 Apr 07
I'm not sure if I would describe it as 'numbing' but if your whole uterus is getting really hard and your feeling pressure - those could def be contractions. Everyone is different and experiences labor differently. But if I were you - I'd be doing alot of walking around to see what happens...=) Good Luck!!
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@Blazing15 (333)
• United States
17 Apr 07
They could be braxton hicks contractions which help prepare you for delivery. The way to tell if they are real contractions is the timing. If they are coming at the same time every 5 minutes or how ever many minutes or so and last for anywhere from 20 to 60 seconds than that is a real contraction. Ones that come everyonce in a while are probably braxton hicks and is just getting your body ready. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy as you are towards the end and going to meet your new little one soon.
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@GuateMom (1411)
• Canada
18 Apr 07
Sounds like Braxton Hicks to me. I have been having the same thing (I´m just a couple of weeks behind you, second baby), and was hoping it was labor, but no, just practise! :) Hopefully your practice contractions will soon become real ones, but trust me, you will know when they are really, really real! lol. Good luck! I hope all goes smoothly in your delivery and that you have a gorgeous, healthy baby!
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@astromama (1226)
• United States
18 Apr 07
That's what I keep telling myself... I'll know when it's real. I'm just nervous because I want to at least wait until Saturday to have him, so I'm hoping he doesn't decide to be born in the next few days!
• United States
18 Apr 07
I think that those are the fake one. They call the braxton-hicks contractions. When I had both of my children, I kept going to the toilet, it felt like I had a stomache virus, and the runs, sorry to be so blunt about that. And my water broke before all that, about 20 minutes before, I just thought that I had peed on myself, but it was my water. Now, some people say that they have there contractions in their back. I dunno cause I did not have those kind.
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@astromama (1226)
• United States
18 Apr 07
Yeah.. my mom keeps asking me if I'm having any low back pain, because I guess that's where lots of women experience their contractions.... I wouldn't know yet, I guess!
@sunup13 (420)
• Canada
17 Apr 07
I don't know how long I was in labor before I realized it, but I had been feeling like I had the flu for a few days with period cramps as well and I went into the hospital to see what was going on. They kept me for monitoring and in the hour I was there the machine I was hooked up to said I had had three contractions, I didn't feel them at all! The doctor examined me and told me I was 3-4 cms dialated and getting contractions every 6-7 minutes, news to me! I'd definitely go to the maternity wing of your hospital and get them to check you out. It's worth it to know what's going on and end your worrying. Good luck and take care. I hope they are contractions! You must be getting so anxious for the baby to be born. I know I was going nuts and my daughter was three weeks early! I can't imagine being overdue, can you?
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@astromama (1226)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I have a feeling I'll be at least a day overdue. I don't know why, but I'm almost sure I won't go into labor in the next day or so. I've been sick recently as well, and my midwife says that's really normal right before labor as the body cleanses itself. I'm having a homebirth, so I'll just wait until I'm sure I'm in labor before getting checked out... I'm not in pain or anything, so I'm not worried that something is wrong, and the baby is still really active. Thanks for the input, though... I hope to be dilated that much when I do get my first check!
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@syain1972 (1011)
• Singapore
18 Apr 07
I think it's happening very soon. These are definitely early signs of contractions.... Be prepared and take care. Good Luck and Congrats in advance!! :
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@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
18 Apr 07
It sounds more like Braxton-Hicks to me, but I don't really know for sure. The week before my son was born, I went home from work early one day because I was having BH contractions that hurt so bad. I was sure that I was going into labor. A lot of it was that I needed to drink more water, though. I drank like a gallon that night, and they basically went away. I went to work the next day. And my son was born 6 days later. Those contractions from being dehydrated were the worst ones I had until after they induced me (they induced because I was losing weight and my son's heart rate was dropping while they were monitoring him). If you haven't already been, drink LOTS of water.
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
18 Apr 07
i have never been into labor, but i have seen my sister from close quarters. She used to have severe cramps in lower abdominal region towards the end of her term. the gynaecologist treated her for that. she gave her a few light, soft exercises and changed her diet. however, i feel, different ppl have different symptoms and some same which are treated differently. what works for one, need not necessarily would work for other. so, you better see your doctor and ensure everything. good luck and keep us updated.
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@bad1981 (799)
• United States
18 Apr 07
Sound slike contractions to me, but they are the ones that are probaly just preparing your body to give birth because if they were real youd have alot more pain. I had these with my daughter for a week before I had her. They jsut make you uncomfy.
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• United States
18 Apr 07
Congratulations! My contractions were not bad at the beginning. I kind of describe them as waves rolling in and out. It was not really painful at all. Have you called your doctor and asked them for their opinion on it? I think everyone's body is different so you might be experiencing contractions or braxton-hicks. Good Luck!
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• United States
17 Apr 07
If it isnt it sure sounds like you need to be checked...Good luck
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@mama4kids (690)
• United States
17 Apr 07
sounds like it could be the start of labor. contractions feel like your uterus is tightening. they usually start off as not being painful and then progress as labor progresses. good luck!! and congrats!!
@icequeen (2843)
• Canada
17 Apr 07
I really don't think these are contractions. I really think you should go to the doctor and find out what is going on? If you are only 39 weeks that is pretty early into the pregnancy...so a checkup is probably needed here...good luck ...I hope everything is okay...
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
18 Apr 07
A normal pregnancy lasts 38-42 weeks so 39 weeks is definitely NOT early.
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@astromama (1226)
• United States
18 Apr 07
Yeah... I'm not too early. My due date is in three days. I will see the midwife on Saturday or Sunday and have her see if I'm dilating at all... but I don't think there is anything to worry about.
@SEOGUY (906)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I only have this to sey go get checked RIGHT NOW! it could be your appndex if you still have it. I suffered for two days thinking the pain would go away, when I finaly went it was already had gangreen, the doc said it was the worse he'd ever seen, He said i was hours from deaths door.
@astromama (1226)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I don't know if you read the discussion, but this is about LABOR. I am almost due with a BABY.
@icequeen (2843)
• Canada
18 Apr 07
Sorry for the response on my last message...I somehow got the weeks wrong...I hope you get to the doctor and get it checked out. I hope it is not contractions....because it still seems to early....
@Bee1955 (3886)
• United States
18 Apr 07
Could be the baby turned or stretched out and put itself in a position where its weight is numbing your abdominal muscles. They do not sound like Braxton Hicks or any contractions I've known or heard. Bend over and put your head on the bed, wrap your arms around the baby belly and give a few firm side-by-side shakes. If you get dizzy, sit down and wait before doing this again (only twice, every 6 hours). Afterwards, lay down on the bed with your head and feet up on pillows and rest for about 15 minutes or more. These actions will alert the baby to move away from the offending area. If the next day you get more heavy numbing sensations in that area, any cramping or spotting, consult your OB. Dont laugh - it works!
• Philippines
18 Apr 07
well its a natural sign for a pregnant women ,, just staw away eating salty foods and ice cream .. because u will have a big tummy that cause you hard in delivering a baby